Man United's Paul Pogba is back from injury, but does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even need him?

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Paul Pogba is back, or back in Manchester at least. After spending over two months on the sideline with an ankle injury, the Manchester United midfielder was a spectator at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as his team extended their recent revival with a 2-1 derby victory against Manchester City.

He has divided opinion by undergoing his rehabilitation in different corners of the world, posting videos of exercise bike sessions overlooking the Dubai skyline and shooting hoops with Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler in Florida, before getting back to more mundane fitness work at United's Carrington training nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Pogba had United's permission to travel during his rehabilitation period, and sources have told ESPN that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club's medical staff have no issue with his professionalism and commitment to his recovery programme.

If he trains without a setback this week, the 26-year-old is likely to be in the squad for United's Europa League game against AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on Thursday.6

Although Solskjaer claimed last month that having Pogba at his disposal again will be like having a "new world-class signing," the reality is that the France international's imminent return to action could cause more problems than it solves.

How he handles United's most high-profile player will be a challenge, especially now the team appears to have turned the corner after a turbulent period on the pitch.

United have been wildly inconsistent during Pogba's lengthy spell in the treatment room. Since his last appearance, during the 1-1 home draw against Arsenal on Sept. 30, United have played 14 games in all competitions and won half of them -- losing three and drawing four.

There have been dismal performances in defeat at Newcastle and Bournemouth, extreme highs and lows while drawing against Sheffield United and Aston Villa, and victories against Chelsea (in the Carabao Cup), Tottenham and Manchester City. United also became the only team to take points from runaway leaders Liverpool in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in nfl jerseys china nike

At times, United have missed Pogba's game-changing qualities, his ability to create a chance with a visionary pass or his box-to-box energy.

What United certainly haven't missed is Pogba's habit of failing to track back, his loss of possession in dangerous areas and his infuriating inconsistency. Solskjaer must decide whether he should introduce him back into the starting XI quickly or stick with what has worked so well in the wins against Spurs and City over the past week.

There is also the not insignificant matter of Pogba's future and the ongoing interest from Real Madrid, speculation that the player has done little to dampen. That might influence Solskjaer because if Pogba no longer wants to be at United, is there any value in trying to find a way to accommodate him in the team?

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